National Infertility Awareness Week

Smack Dab in the middle of burgening springtime is National Infertility Awareness Week and that's probably not by mistake. After we've all gotten the mythos of Easter chicks and bunnies out of our heads let's contemplate that fertility is not as easy for everyone. One in 8 couples [that's 7.3 million!] has difficulty conceiving of some type. We have the technology now to help meet the needs of some of us, but still many remain childless. 

With fertility challenges comes pain, grief and a wealth of community. I found a wonderful group of women online that I am proud to still call my friends. We have laughed together, cried together, said some really unladylike words out loud when truly horrible things have happened to our friends. I never thought I'd have difficulty with something that my body was supposed to know how to do naturally but I'm so glad that I didn't have to go through it alone. 

If you, or someone you know, is experiencing fertility challenges know that you don't have to wait for your doctor or your insurance. Also, try to find a support group in your area or online. It will make the world of difference. And if you are one of the 1 in 8 along with me - I extend my hand, it's good to meet you. Let's make sure it's easier for our friends and our daughters to get the care they need, when they need it. And, in case you are looking for a charity to donate to at some point this year, I'd like to recommend March of Dimes. Many babies who are born pre-term have benefitted by the research funded by this organization. They definitely do good work.


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